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On Sunday night, we were greeted by the long-awaited season two debut of True Detective. It didn't take long for reviews to follow: - "'True Detective' Season 2 Premiere Falls As Flat As A Circle" - HuffPost - "True ...
....... I Guess?

Watch: True Detective, Season 2, Episode 1

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On Sunday night, we were greeted by the long-awaited season two debut of True Detective. It didn’t take long for reviews to follow: – “‘True Detective’ Season 2 Premiere Falls As Flat As A Circle” – HuffPost – “True Detective Might Suck Now, And That Might Be Even More Fun” R
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TSD's favorite Maine musician is bowling audiences over again. This time, it's with a second full-length album. Again (available on iTunes and Amazon) comes two years after Aly Spaltro-aka-Lady Lamb released her first ...
Hold 'And the Beekeeper'

Listen to: Lady Lamb, ‘Again’

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TSD’s favorite Maine musician is bowling audiences over again. This time, it’s with a second full-length album. Again (available on iTunes and Amazon) comes two years after Aly Spaltro-aka-Lady Lamb released her first album, Ripley Pine.  Since that iconic first album, Spaltro has done a few things. She’s hit her mid
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Four middle school buddies from small-town Pennsylvania make up The Districts. And although only one of the members has made it to the 21 year-old milestone yet, they've been making great music for a few years now ("Funeral ...
Golden scruff music has made its arrival

Listen to: ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’ by The Districts

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Four middle school buddies from small-town Pennsylvania make up The Districts. And although only one of the members has made it to the 21 year-old milestone yet, they’ve been making great music for a few years now (“Funeral Beds,” off their 2012 LP, pretty instantly turned heads). Earlier this year, the band released the
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Alabama Shakes are out with their second album after a three-year hiatus. Brittany Howard, lead singer/guitarist explained the radio silence: "We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did. We were ...
New album, same(ish) sound. That's a good thing.

Listen to: Alabama Shakes, ‘Sound & Color’

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Alabama Shakes are out with their second album after a three-year hiatus. Brittany Howard, lead singer/guitarist explained the radio silence: “We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did. We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us… This record is full of genre-bending songs—it
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After a three-year hiatus, Heartless Bastards is back with a hint of their upcoming fifth album, Restless Ones. "Gates of Dawn" feels loyal to the gritty sound that make their first four albums stand out, a sound that has ...
The three year wait was worth it, i think

Listen to: Heartless Bastards, “Gates Of Dawn”

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After a three-year hiatus, Heartless Bastards is back with a hint of their upcoming fifth album, Restless Ones. “Gates of Dawn” feels loyal to the gritty sound that make their first four albums stand out, a sound that has gathered them a small but mighty fan base. Pitchfork, considering their “escape” from the lim
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Laura Marling is 25. And she's debuting her fifth album on March 23. You can pre-order Short Movies on iTunes or Amazon or give it a listen on NPR. The album's teaser is below, too. My introduction to Laura Marling was ...
25 years old, 5 albums later.

Listen to: Laura Marling, ‘Short Movie’

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Laura Marling is 25. And she’s debuting her fifth album on March 23. You can pre-order Short Movies on iTunes or Amazon or give it a listen on NPR. The album’s teaser is below, too. My introduction to Laura Marling was ashamedly recent. But thanks to the talented musical team behind Peaky Blinders and a very [&hellip
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Heems, née Himanshu Kumar Suri,  just released his first studio album, Eat Pray Thug. The Queens-based rapper first came to fame as a member of Das Racist, then went on to create a number of solo mixtapes. This is his ...
Music, Race, and Religion in a Post-9/11 USA

Listen to: Heems, ‘Eat Pray Thug’

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Heems, née Himanshu Kumar Suri,  just released his first studio album, Eat Pray Thug. The Queens-based rapper first came to fame as a member of Das Racist, then went on to create a number of solo mixtapes. This is his first foray into the studio world. When challenged by his label to create a radio-friendly [&hellip
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After a seemingly endless hiatus since 2011, Florence and the Machine are slated to release their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, on 29 May. At a recent concert at the Dome in London, lead singer Florence ...
Yes, the quality is shitty. But the songs are good.

Listen: Florence and the Machine Debuts 2 New Songs

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After a seemingly endless hiatus since 2011, Florence and the Machine are slated to release their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, on 29 May. At a recent concert at the Dome in London, lead singer Florence Welch debuted three new songs, “St. Jude,” “What Kind of Man,” and “Third Eye.” You
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The Snap: J. Tillman just rolled out his second (and long-awaited!) album as alter-ego Father John Misty. I Love You, Honeybear is available on both iTunes and Amazon. The Download:  When I first got wind of J. ...
More Tillman here, less FJM

Listen To: Father John Misty, ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

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The Snap: J. Tillman just rolled out his second (and long-awaited!) album as alter-ego Father John Misty. I Love You, Honeybear is available on both iTunes and Amazon. The Download:  When I first got wind of J. Tillman, he got Aubrey Plaza to become a manic, crazed, fucked up bounty hunter. And it wasn’t even [&hellip
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